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Countdown to LPSC: Practice, practice, practice

February 26, 2010

Today’s the last official work day before LPSC.  Your poster is printing.  Your “slides” are ready — or ready enough.  Your bags are ready to be packed, and you’re ready to see old friends and new, colleagues from around the globe at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.  Are you ready to go?

Have you practiced your talk or poster presentation?  Odds are that your talk is ready to go.  But the posters — remember, you only have a minute or two to catch someone’s interest when they walk up and start studying your charts.  Do you prepare a short overview?  Do you ask simply if the viewer has any questions?  Or do you give your elevator pitch — your two sentence statement about what your research shows and what the implications are?

It’s up to you (and varies with your subfield) — but if you aren’t confident about your approach, it will show. Go ahead.  Ask a colleague down the hall, or the postdoc on your flight.  Ask, listen, and then think about how that advice sounds to you.  Take a few minutes tonight and tomorrow night to present your poster until you feel comfortable with it.  And then get some sleep.

This is going to be fun.

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